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View Poll Results: Which is your favorite 50's sci-fi film?
The Day the Earth Stood Still
21.54%
The Thing from Another World
2.31%
When Worlds Collide
0
0%
Donovan's Brain
0
0%
Invaders from Mars
1.54%
It Came From Outer Space
0.77%
The War of the Worlds
6.92%
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
4.62%
The Creature from the Black Lagoon
3.85%
Gojira
10.77%
Them!
6.92%
The Quartermass Xperiment
0.77%
Tarantula
0
0%
This Island Earth
0
0%
Forbidden Planet
22.31%
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
5.38%
The Incredible Shrinking Man
4.62%
The Blob
2.31%
The Mysterians
0
0%
20 Million Miles to Earth
1.54%
The Fly
0
0%
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
0.77%
It! The Terror from Beyond Space
0
0%
Plan 9 from Outer Space
2.31%
Other - please specify
0.77%
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Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Old 07-13-09, 09:27 PM
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Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

What with the current sci-fi challenge going on, I figured now would be a good time to do a poll on classic 1950's science fiction films. Which one is your favorite? If yours isn't listed among the choices below, by all means share it. Also, post posters when you can - they're always colorful, hyperbolic, and sometimes superior to the films themselves!

The Day the Earth Stood Still
The The Thing from Another World
When Worlds Collide
Donovan's Brain
Invaders from Mars
It Came from Outer Space
The War of the Worlds
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Gojira
Them!
The Quartermass Xperiment
Tarantula
This Island Earth
Forbidden Planet
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The Incredible Shrinking Man
The Blob
The Mysterians
20 Million Miles to Earth
The Fly
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
It! The Terror from Beyond Space
Plan 9 from Outer Space


Other - please specify

My personal favorite is Invasion of the Body Snatchers, though The Incredible Shrinking Man is pretty damn close.


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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

The Day the Earth Stood Still. For me, few films, from any era, can compare.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Ed Wood, FTW.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

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I'm looking at this poster right now above my computer desk, and have loved this flick ever since I saw it late one night in the early '80s. Runner-up: Shrinking Man, definitely.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
Also, post posters when you can - they're always colorful, hyperbolic, and sometimes superior to the films themselves!


I'll admit, I'm not into older movies but I do enjoy the cheesy sci-fi classics of yesteryear. Of the few I have seen, these would be my favorites...




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for the record I thought 'When Worlds Collide' was a huge disappointment, I thought there would be more of the world falling apart and cities crumbling here and there, knowing that the movie was shot when ethnic characters were not the norm,
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I thought the whole idea that only a few select caucasian characters got the chance to escape the earth and start anew - left a very foul taste in my mouth. Supposedly there's a remake in the works, that will solve that major personal flaw.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Forbidden Planet by a light year.
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I have some good '50 sci-fi in my collection, but if I had to choose which was my personal favorite I would've pick Them!
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Forbidden Planet
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

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The Day the Earth Stood Still. For me, few films, from any era, can compare.
I just saw The Day the Earth Stood Still for the first time ever tonight. Loved it!
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for the record I thought 'When Worlds Collide' was a huge disappointment, I thought there would be more of the world falling apart and cities crumbling here and there, knowing that the movie was shot when ethnic characters were not the norm,
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I thought the whole idea that only a few select caucasian characters got the chance to escape the earth and start anew - left a very foul taste in my mouth. Supposedly there's a remake in the works, that will solve that major personal flaw.
All things considered, I'm rather surprised at this criticism (lack of PC ethnicity) as it can be applied to every film listed in the poll. Like pretty much everything, including people, they are products of their time.

The Mysterians is the exception, but not because of it's multiracial cast. It's a 60's film.

As for the poll, even though there are a number of excellent films listed, I have to go with Forbidden Planet... despite the fact that, while it is my favorite SF film, I have an issue with the moral point of the story "That man, after all, is not God." A theological, anti-intellectual hammering to the mind that is second only to 1930's Frankenstein's (and many other films before and since) "There are some things man is not meant to know" ham-fisted sermonizing. Maybe it's because I sympathize with the character of Morbius.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

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I'm looking at this poster right now above my computer desk, and have loved this flick ever since I saw it late one night in the early '80s. Runner-up: Shrinking Man, definitely.


I have this poster over my computer desk (I must have had that poster for at least 20 years now), but it's not my favorite 50's sci-fi film, that would definitely be The Incredible Shrinking Man.
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have loved this flick ever since I saw it late one night in the early '80s.
Same here...
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

I really can't choose.
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Very tough choice. Many of the titles in the list are among my all-time favorite films, but I went with Forbidden Planet. It is the first name that always springs to mind when I think of 50's Sci Fi, and there must be a reason for that.
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The Blob

Another favorite not mentioned, 4-D Man
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The Day the Earth Stood Still. For me, few films, from any era, can compare.
An easy choice.

Next in line would be, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

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All things considered, I'm rather surprised at this criticism (lack of PC ethnicity) as it can be applied to every film listed in the poll. Like pretty much everything, including people, they are products of their time.

The Mysterians is the exception, but not because of it's multiracial cast. It's a 60's film.

As for the poll, even though there are a number of excellent films listed, I have to go with Forbidden Planet... despite the fact that, while it is my favorite SF film, I have an issue with the moral point of the story "That man, after all, is not God." A theological, anti-intellectual hammering to the mind that is second only to 1930's Frankenstein's (and many other films before and since) "There are some things man is not meant to know" ham-fisted sermonizing. Maybe it's because I sympathize with the character of Morbius.
oh most definately, I for some reason was just royally offended by this for some bizarre reason, like it was some hidden Nazi propaganda film for a planet comprised of a sole Aryran race.
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saw Forbidden Planet and The Blob for the first time this month [the SciFi Challenge] and loved both of them
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That is such a good list. Not a weak film in the bunch. Highly recommended to all sci-fi fans on the board who haven't seen all of them.

Tough to pick one. For me, it's between INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, and THEM! Ultimately, I decided to vote for THEM! because it's the one I've seen most recently and it held up so well.
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Picked 20 Million Miles to Earth
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While I think that Forbidden Planet and The Day The Earth Stood Still are better films, The Incredible Shrinking Man is my favorite.
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